Vine culture in Schaffhausen


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Description

The Schaffhausen tradition of viticulture and wine production dates back centuries and makes the canton the second largest winemaking area after Zürich of German-speaking Switzerland. Today, vintners across twenty municipalities produce wine on an area of approximately 500 hectares, generating an average harvest value of 15 million Swiss francs. In 2002, vineyard owners, vintners and the professional association “Schaffhausen Wine” relaunched the area as a wine region by starting the “Schaffhauser Blauburgunderland” project, named after the Pinot Noir grape.

Nestling in the hills west of Schaffhausen lies Klettgau, Schaffhausen’s most important wine-growing region. Its chalky clay soil, mild climate, low rainfall and abundance of sun provide ideal conditions for the cultivation of Pinot Noir grapes. Picturesque townscapes, extensive vineyards, little wooden and stone storehouses and wine presses still characterise the appearance of this cultural landscape today.

The winemaking in the region gives rise to a large number of wine festivals. Between the beginning of September and the beginning of October, autumn festivals are celebrated in the six large wine-growing communes - Hallau, Wilchingen-Osterfingen, Siblingen, Löhningen, Gächlingen und Trasadingen - which together attract up to 50,000 visitors. The oldest and best known was the Hallau Autumn Sundays festival, today called the ‘Hallaugia’. The origins of the event date back to the autumn fairs and wine festivals that began in 1935.

Image gallery

  • Vineyards in the Pinot Noir region (2017) © Schaffhauserland Tourismus / Marcus Gyger
  • Vineyard with a little wooden storehouse below the church of St. Moritz in Hallau (2017) © Schaffhauserland Tourismus
  • ‘Schafuuser Wiiprob’ (tasting of wine from Schaffhausen in the cloister of the former Allerheiligen monastery (Schaffhausen, 2017) © Schaffhauserland Tourismus
  • Decorated village fountain at the Hallaugia festival (Hallau, 2017) © Verein Hallaugia
  • Parade on Hallau autumn Sunday (Hallau, 2015) © Verein Hallaugia
  • Themed float at the Hallau Autumn Sundays procession in 2011 © Detlef Moll, Hallau, 2011
  • Village fountain decorated around the theme of the traditional card game “Jassen” for the 2011 Hallau Autumn Sundays festival © Detlef Moll, Hallau, 2011
  • Village fountain decorated with a meteorological theme for the 2011 Hallau Autumn Sundays festival © Detlef Moll, Hallau, 2011
  • Procession during the 1969 Hallau Autumn Sundays festival © Bruno und Eric, Schaffhausen 1969/Stadtarchiv Schafhausen
  • Procession during the 1968 Hallau Autumn Sundays festival © Bruno und Eric, Schaffhausen 1968/Stadtarchiv Schafhausen
  • Themed float at the Hallau Autumn Sundays procession in 2011 © Detlef Moll, Hallau, 2011
  • Village fountain decorated around the theme of the traditional card game “Jassen” for the 2011 Hallau Autumn Sundays festival © Detlef Moll, Hallau, 2011
  • Village fountain decorated with a meteorological theme for the 2011 Hallau Autumn Sundays festival © Detlef Moll, Hallau, 2011
  • Procession during the 1969 Hallau Autumn Sundays festival © Bruno und Eric, Schaffhausen 1969/Stadtarchiv Schafhausen
  • Procession during the 1968 Hallau Autumn Sundays festival © Bruno und Eric, Schaffhausen 1968/Stadtarchiv Schafhausen

Video

A taster of the 2011 Hallau Autumn Sundays procession © Dieter Amsler, Schaffhausen 2011

References and documentation

Publications
  • Gemeinde Hallau (Ed.): Geschichte von Hallau. Hallau, 1991

  • Fritz Grüninger: Fünfzigster Hallauer Herbstumzug. In: Schaffhauser MappeMagazin 3. Beringen, 2007, p. 39-41

  • Hans Grüninger: Werbung für Rebland und Wein. In: Schaffhauser Magazin 1. Beringen, 2003

  • Max Baumann et al.: Schaffhauser Weinbuch. Ein Gang durch das Rebjahr. Schaffhausen, 2001

  • Herbert Neukomm: Der Rebbau im Kanton Schaffhausen. In: Schaffhauser MappeMagazin 3. Beringen, 2007, p. 16-17

  • Martin Harzenmoser (Ed.): Rund um den Schaffhauser Wein. Schaffhausen, 2012

Documentation